Using Music to Inspire Boys
December 19, 2018
Amanda Matthews teaches music to Junior Kindergarten to grade 4 at University School. Her curriculum is grounded in the Orff-Schulwerk model of music and movement education. Carl Orff and his partner Gunild Keetman, who developed the approach, believed that children learn best through whole body active engagement, regularly improvising and developing their creative and artistic potential. Learning through play is fun and games, but not without challenges, including reading and comprehending simple musical notation. Orff-Schulwerk is a social model in which students consciously cultivate cooperation, empathy, tolerance, and patience.